Entertainment / Arts

Decorative arts exhibition celebrates centenary of Geoffrey Bawa’s birth

Views - 5 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00

A decorative arts exhibition titled ‘Objects from the Geoffrey Bawa Collection’ is being held in celebration of the centenary of Geoffrey Bawa’s birth. The first in a series of exhibitions and publications to introduce some of the extraordinary

West-End Theatre Camp by Cinnamon: Let your kid’s time away from school count this summer!

Views - 7 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00

Camp in the city with the highly anticipated West-End Theatre Camp, in association with HSBC Premier, as it gears up to present an exceptional theatre initiative for children in Sri Lanka. Set to take place from the 4-8 August, the camp will be c

American comedy ‘Yesterday’ in Lankan cinemas from today

Views - 12 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

American comedy ‘Yesterday’ will be screened from today in select Sri Lankan cinemas at Colombo City Centre, Liberty and Majestic City from today. Yesterday, everyone knew The Beatles. Today, only Jack remembers their songs. He’s about to becom

Taylor Swift shakes off Kardashian clan as highest-paid celebrity

Views - 9 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Singer Taylor Swift was named the world’s highest-paid entertainer on Wednesday but was closely followed by two members of the wider Kardashian clan – reality star turned cosmetics queen Kylie Jenner and rapper Kanye West.

Beyonce leads red carpet stars as ‘The Lion King’ roars back to life

Views - 8 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Beyonce led the stars behind the voices of ‘The Lion King’ down the red carpet on Tuesday at the world premiere of the remake of the 1994 Disney movie which uses computer-generated imagery to bring a realistic look to Pride

French Spring Festival 2019 jazz concert tonight

Views - 7 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

As part of the French Spring Festival 2019, a jazz concert featuring Octave et Anatole, French and international jazz standards will be held tonight from 7 p.m. onwards at the Hilton Poolside, Il Ponte Restaurant. Free admission with registration at

Spanish court rules Julio Iglesias is father of 43-year old man

Views - 4 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

MADRID (Reuters): A Spanish court ruled on Wednesday that singer Julio Iglesias is the father of a 43-year old man, resolving a paternity dispute that had lasted three decades after the veteran star refused to take a DNA test. Javier Sanchez-Santos w

Evening of Carnatic Instrumental Music on 17 July

Views - 10 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Pranav Swaroop, an accomplished musician from Bangalore, India will be presenting a Carnatic violin recital accompanied by Venilan Vairavapillai on Mirudangam and Shivaraj Nataraj on percussion on Wednesday, 17 July at 6 p.m. at SVCC auditorium 16/2,

Gig economy hijinks: Uber inspires buddy action comedy ‘Stuber’

Views - 9 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Uber is already known for its global ride-hailing service, food delivery arm, and electric bike rentals. Now it has inspired a comedy action movie.‘Stuber,’ which begins its international roll-out on Wednesday, revolves aro

Talent of Sri Lankan migrant workers showcased in Cyprus

Views - 19 Friday, 5 July 2019 00:05

A group of Sri Lankan migrant workers added the multifaceted colours of Sri Lanka at a Cultural Festival of Traditional Dances held at the famous Ledra Square in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, on 30 June. Sri Lankan performers with traditional costu

Bollywood movie week in Colombo: Shah Rukh Khan Special on 8, 10 and 12 July

Views - 13 Friday, 5 July 2019 00:02

Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo will be holding Bollywood Movie Week: Shah Rukh Khan Special on 8, 10 and 12 July at 3.00 pm SVCC auditorium, 16/2, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 07. All are cordially invited. Entrance

Sri Lankan artist becomes finalist in international wildlife art contest

Views - 134 Friday, 5 July 2019 00:02

Wildlife artist Tharanga Herath reached finalist stage in Russia’s Golden Turtle 2019 International Art contest, and has been included in the 30 finalists comprising internationally acclaimed artists. Artworks from 1,261 artists worldwide were regi

9th SAARC Film Festival 2019

Views - 166 Friday, 5 July 2019 00:02

SAARC Film Festival has a long tradition of connecting cultures across South Asia through the language of cinematic storytelling. The SAARC Cultural Centre, Sri Lanka is hosting the SAARC Film Festival for the ninth

Mobitel rings for ICC organised musical concert in aid of 21/4 orphans

Views - 25 Friday, 5 July 2019 00:01

A concert is being organised to raise funds for the victims and families of the Easter Sunday bombings. Titled, ‘21/4 We Care Concert’, it will feature Sri Lanka’s leading musical artistes performing live at BMICH on 13 July at 6 p.m. onwards.

Piano concert by Shani Diluka with Sahana Banerjee and Prabhu Edouard

Views - 41 Friday, 28 June 2019 00:04

The French Spring Festival will celebrate music through an exceptional and original piano concert by Shani Diluka with Sahana Banerjee and Prabhu Edouard on 9 July at 7 p.m. at Bishop’s College.

Celebration of music at Le Garage

Views - 13 Friday, 28 June 2019 00:00

As part of the French Spring Festival organised by the Alliance Francaise De Kandy and French Embassy together with Amaya Hills, the International Music Day 2019 was held at the Le Garage on 22 June. French DJ Ludo Di Lucci was flown down from France

Galle Face Hotel Opera Evening to contribute to Kochchikade Church renovations

Views - 24 Friday, 28 June 2019 00:00

By Divya Thotawatte Galle Face Hotel recently announced a culinary and cultural evening to be held on 5 July, in which all proceeds of its silent auction will be donated to the Kochchikade Church. The dinner and opera evening is organised by Galle F

British comedy ‘Yes, Prime Minister’ in Colombo

Views - 105 Friday, 21 June 2019 00:00

Based on the classic British television comedy of the same name and written by the same authors, the stage play ‘Yes, Prime Minister’ takes familiar classic characters and places them in a modern setting, facing contemporary issues. Written by A

Kindness is contagious: S. Thomas’ Preparatory School choral interpretation

Views - 16 Friday, 21 June 2019 00:00

The S. Thomas’ Preparatory School Choir directed by Lihan Mendis, Sachi Gamage and Pasan Ranaweera is proud to present ‘Be More Kind’, a performance dedicated to everyone out there living and serving in the name of love, compassion and empathy.

English-language French action thriller Anna in 11 Lankan cinemas from today

Views - 18 Friday, 21 June 2019 00:00

Anna, an English-language French action thriller film, will be released today in 11 Sri Lankan cinemas. They are Colombo City Center, Liberty by Scope Cinemas, MC Cinemas, Empire, Aruna Kiribathgoda, Milano Gold – Kegalle, Savoy Colombo, Sky Lite

Sotheby’s snapped up by French tycoon Drahi for $ 3.7 b

Views - 15 Friday, 21 June 2019 00:00

PARIS/BOSTON (Reuters): Franco-Israeli cable magnate Patrick Drahi made a surprise move into the art world by snapping up Sotheby’s in a deal worth $ 3.7 billion, marking the art auction house’s return to private ownership after 31 years. The acq

Anoma Wijewardene first Sri Lankan solo artist to show during ‘Olympics’ of art: Venice Biennale

Views - 111 Friday, 14 June 2019 00:00

Contributing a powerful conversation from Sri Lanka on the need for harmony and healing, Anoma’s multisensory installation ‘Kintsugi’ on diversity and coexistence is showing from May to November at the European Cultural Centre, Palazzo Bembo, C

H.A. Karunaratne’s works chronicled by Taprobane Collection

Views - 292 Friday, 14 June 2019 00:00

The Father of Sri Lankan Abstract Art H.A. Karunaratne’s 60 years of work which narrates a concept, vision and experiential engagement with abstraction is artfully captured in a 220-page publication by Taprobane Collection, penned by Artist and Co-

‘On Broadway’ with The Workshop Players

Views - 29 Friday, 14 June 2019 00:00

The Rotaract Club of Colombo West in collaboration with The Workshop Players of Sri Lanka are proud to announce a night of grand entertainment – ‘On Broadway’, a dinner theatre experience to be held on 29 June at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Colombo. T

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’: Freddie deserved better

Views - 43 Friday, 7 June 2019 00:00

I probably hated this movie much more the first time. Now after seeing it a second time, I just see it as an underwhelming overall experience. First point to note off is that, it not being true to life, I assume is for artistic reasons. Changing cert

‘Lords of the Wild’: An exhibition on diverse wildlife

Views - 43 Friday, 7 June 2019 00:00

By Dhanushka Fonseka Biodiversity is the rich variety of life on earth. It is nature’s unique design and comprises of interconnections with the different types of flora and fauna estimated at 10 million plant and animal species that share the plane

‘Divine Dance of Energy’ today

Views - 24 Friday, 7 June 2019 00:00

‘Divine Dance of Energy’ – an amalgamation of Bharatha Natyam and Yoga by Shrisha artistes Donisha Myleandran (yoga), Rathiksha Nishanthan (Bharatha Natyam) and Mathursha Ravindran (Sutradhar) – will be presented today, 7 June, at 6 p.m. at S

CT7 brings you ‘Grease – The Musical’

Views - 83 Friday, 7 June 2019 00:00

Cold Theatre 7 (CT7) is proud to present ‘Grease – The Musical’ in special association with Theatrical Rights Worldwide from 1 to 4 August at the Lionel Wendt Auditorium. Following in the footsteps of CT7’s previous successful staged producti

The Buddhist Robe

Views - 39 Friday, 7 June 2019 00:00

By Professor Ajith De Alwis The book ‘The Buddhist Robe’ is an exciting read, taking the reader through a journey of an ancient practice into the current days, which has survived to-date in Sri Lanka. The book is a result of a partnership of cont

‘Heal the World’ at Lionel Wendt Art Gallery

Views - 177 Friday, 31 May 2019 00:00

An exhibition of paintings titled ‘Heal the World’ opened at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery last evening and will remain open to the public today and tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibition showcases paintings by 15 students of Saumya Jaya

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Difference between a woman and a man (yin and yang) and finding solutions to violence in society

Thursday, 18 July 2019

This is not at all a philosophical discourse on gender differences, or the complementary roles of yin and yang (women and men) in social or biological formation. This is also not to speak about who is superior among the two. This is just an observati

I wish Sajith Premadasa had taken up a challenging ministry to showcase his prowess

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Expectations, father and son Sajith Premadasa has put his hands up for leadership in the party and for nomination by the United National Party in the forthcoming presidential elections. I wish Sajith had tested himself, and had given the public a cha

Foreign Affairs and Defence to be one portfolio?

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Unless we are all suffering from dementia, the last experience with a foreign military on our soil should be very clear in our heads. The Indian Peace Keeping Force landed in Sri Lanka to supposedly bring peace to the war-torn country when the LTTE t

Federer lessons for Sri Lanka tourism

Thursday, 18 July 2019

The Wimbledon Men’s Final in 2008 was termed as the best match the world has seen between the two arch rivals Federer and Nadal. But, what we saw last Sunday between the two of them after 11 years sure shocked the world. Many just asked the questio

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